Wednesday, June 19, 2024

NZ pledges $1.5m support for PNG landslide response

The Government has announced it will support Papua New Guinea’s response to the devastating landslide which occurred in Enga Province last Friday.

More than 2,000 people are believed to have been buried alive in the landslide that sweep over a village and work camp in the country’s remote northern highlands.

“Ever since learning of the horrendous landslide on Friday, New Zealand has been determined to play our part in assisting Papua New Guinea’s response,” said Foreign Minister, Winston Peters. 

“Papua New Guinea has expressed appreciation for our offer and we are working with PNG authorities to confirm priorities to best support those most in need.”

New Zealand’s offer of support to Papua New Guinea, estimated to be worth around $1.5 million, includes: 

  • The deployment of an NZDF C-130 aircraft to deliver relief supplies to affected communities; 
  • Sending New Zealand technical expertise to assist, including in the areas of geo-hazards and emergency management; and 
  • Financial assistance to provide humanitarian relief to affected areas.

“We are ready to go and provide support to PNG authorities when they are able to receive it,” Mr Peters says. 

“The precise timing and details of our support will be confirmed in conjunction with PNG authorities in coming days.”

Defence Minister, Judith Collins said the NZ Defence Force had a long, proud history of assisting Pacific Island countries in need. 

“This disaster has caused immense suffering, and the NZ Defence Force stands ready to play its part in the response,” she said.

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